Is there anything you wish the general public knew or understood better about houselessness?
The names used for the second, third and fifth interviewed individuals have been altered at their request to protect their privacy. These responses remain authentic, with only minor modifications made for enhanced readability.
Mike: Hmm…that homelessness can happen to anyone, sometimes pretty sudden too. A little empathy can go a long way in making things better. Treat people equally I guess is what I am saying.
John: Many people are indifferent to us houseless. I suppose that they don’t want to get asked for money, or they feel bad that they have a lot more money than we do. But a bit of understanding helps.
Will: Being houseless on the street is very scary, lonely, and boring to me, and also incredibly dangerous. But I just want people to know that, at least from the houseless I talked to, they are rarely drug addicts.
D: I wish they knew that homelessness can happen to anyone. It's not always our fault, and we're doing our best to get back on our feet.
Walt: Ummm… I don’t know.